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These Niagara hiking trails feature beautiful scenery, intriguing landscapes, and interesting places to explore. Posts may be sponsored. Post contains affiliate links. I may be compensated if you make a purchase using my link. Here are more than 10 exciting places to go hiking near Niagara Falls, including a few spots within the city itself. Plus, there are many more perks! Become an Ontario Hiking Supporter today! There are 4km of walking paths that wind through the stunning Carolinian forest. These hiking trails in Niagara Falls, Ontario begin from this point.
I suggest making your way down to the River Trail, the true star of this set of Niagara hiking trails. However, all of the trails have fascinating natural features. It has all of the elements of a great hike: interesting trails, dense forest, and spectacular waterfront views. There are some challenges in navigating across rocky surfaces and climbing some hills. That also means that it is free to visit and park your car. There are seven hiking trails at Short Hills Provincial Park, as well as the Bruce Trail the longest trail at the park.
Three trails are meant for hiking only marked by blue blazes and three are multipurpose trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding marked by yellow blazes. One of the highlights of Short Hills PP is Swayze Falls, although this beautiful waterfall tends to dry up during the summer and fall. It takes 52 days to hike the Rim of Africa. These are marked by very intriguing and huge rock formations.
There are a of memorable features, including a scenic pond, lush forests, wooden boardwalks, and small hills. Much like Short Hills Provincial Park, this landscape formed during the last ice age, creating all of the short hills to walk up and down.
There are four main colour coded trails at St. Johns Conservation Area, and they all loop and interconnect with one another. There are many trail markers that will help you find your way. I do recommend tackling the white trail. It is the longest trail and one of the best places to hike in Niagara. Laura Secord is a hero of the War of She walked for 32km out of American occupied territory to warn the British of an impending attack. The Laura Secord Legacy Trail follows the journey that she walked in the s. The Friends of Laura Secord have put together this amazing trail guide to the Laura Secord Trail with turn by turn directions and maps.
There are also lots of trail markers along the way. I ended my hike at Short Hills Provincial Park for a 5km hike one way. The easiest way to view DeCew Falls is from above the waterfall, although it may be obscured by trees and plants during the summer and fall.
Morningstar Mill, an old flour mill, sits beside the waterfall. This area is also a historic ghost town, formerly known as Glen Elgin, and established by the Ball family. There are gorgeous views, a collection of trails to trek, and interesting local history all in one place. Catharines and Niagara Falls. One main highlight of Louth Conservation Area is Louth Falls, although it tends to completely dry up in the summer months. I suggest hiking at Louth Conservation Area in the spring for the best change to view the waterfall, or perhaps in the winter to admire a frozen waterfall.
Cave Springs Conservation Area is yet another little known park in the Niagara region, specifically in Lincoln, Ontario. From there, you can hike in one direction to reach Cave Springs Conservation Area and walk on the Bruce Trail in the other direction to reach Kinsmen Park. The Bruce Trail follows the edge of the escarpment at Cave Springs Conservation Area, and there are many outlook points across countryside and vineyards. There are several other unmarked trails all over Cave Springs Conservation Area that interconnect with the Bruce Trail.
Rockway Conservation Area offers amazing views of the Niagara Escarpment, as well as two waterfalls that may dry up in the warmer months. Catharines and the town of Lincoln, along the Fifteen Mile Creek. In addition to the waterfalls, this protected park is situated on hectares of Carolinian forest. You can park for free at the Rockway Community Centre parking lot or in a small area on Ninth Street. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest continuous marked hiking trail in Canada. It runs along the Niagara escarpment in southern Ontario between Niagara and Tobermory.
In total, the Bruce Trail is approximately km in length with over km of side trails. Here are all of the Niagara hiking trails visually represented on a map. As you can see, not all of these hiking trails are within the city of Niagara Falls. They cover the larger territory of Niagara region. With that said, these are all within a relatively short driving distance from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. A proper pair of hiking shoes is an absolute must. Water from lakes, streams, rivers, public restrooms, you name it.
Get your hands on one ASAP! Protect yourself against ticks by reading our guide to avoiding ticks on the trails. Are you looking for where to stay in Niagara Falls? There are so many amazing Niagara hotels and Airbnb accommodations so you can be close to the city or close to the trails.
As for personal recommendations, Marriott on the Falls is always such a treat with spectacular views of the world famous waterfall. For a fabulous property in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I suggest staying at the Pillar and Post right in town. Inspired by adventures and nature. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Become an Ontario Hiking Supporter! What to Bring on a Hike A proper pair of hiking shoes is an absolute must. Check out the Ontario Hiking Shop!
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